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Remsen Prepares for Hamlin's Homecoming

The wait is almost over. Olympic bronze medalist and Remsen native Erin Hamlin will arrive in Syracuse tomorrow evening. And everyone in Remsen is working hard to prepare for her homecoming.
The wait is almost over. Olympic bronze medalist and Remsen native Erin Hamlin will arrive in Syracuse tomorrow evening. And everyone in Remsen is working hard to prepare for her homecoming.

Tomorrow is the big day and the village of Remsen couldn't be more excited.

"We've been waiting and waiting and waiting. It's like, ‘Come on Erin. Come home. We got a big hug waiting for you!" Says Hobart Kraeger, of Steuben.

"Tomorrow I can't wait to touch that medal again," says Eileen Hamlin, mother.

Erin arrives in Central New York tomorrow evening. She will receive a police escort through Rome, Holland Patent and so on. After she rides on a float through Remsen she will end up at the high school. But Erin’s homecoming is much more than just a celebration in this tiny village.

"This is not just one person. This whole community works together as a team. As our priest said a couple weeks ago in church, he said, 'they don't have to google Remsen anymore,'" says Peter Billard, former teacher.

And the entire community is coming together to prepare. A group has been planning a float for erin and her family to sit on during the parade. The final product is a surprise but the real snow on the float forced them to work in a building with no heat. But that isn't stopping anyone.

"We're all so darn proud of her. And no matter how cold it is, we want to give her warmest welcome back to Remsen that we can give her," says Kraeger.

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